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Published by Loveswept on April 19th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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Second chances are sweeter than ever in Charlotte Stein’s steamy Dark Obsession series—perfect for fans of Katy Evans—as a self-reliant college girl falls for a reformed bully who’s desperate to make up for lost time.
Letty Carmichael can’t believe her eyes when she catches a glimpse of her high school tormenter, wrestling champ Tate Sullivan, on campus. College was supposed to be her escape from Tate’s constant ridicule. Now he’s in her classes again, just waiting for his chance to make her life hell. But when Letty and Tate are partnered up for an assignment—on sex in cinema, of all things—she starts to see a kinder, gentler side of him. And when she realizes Tate knows more about sex than she could ever guess at, he soon starts making her blush in a whole new way.
Tate Sullivan is haunted by regret over his cruelty toward Letty. So when she agrees to work with him, he seizes his chance to make amends. He can’t blame her for not believing he’s for real, but soon Tate starts to break down her wall. She wants to know about passion, desire, lust—topics he is well versed in. And in return she offers the one thing he always wanted: the chance to be more than just a jock.
Letty is shocked by how sensitive Tate can be. Still, desiring him feels ludicrous. Loving him is impossible. Craving him is beyond all reason. So why can’t she stop?
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— 2 stars —
“Never Sweeter” is the story of Letty. She has been bullied all through high-school. Her bullies, 3 popular guys, even harmed her physically in the end. So when she finally has the opportunity to go to a college far away from them, she feels good for the first time. But only until she looks into the eyes of Tate, one of her bullies in her lecture hall…
The plot sounded so appealing to me, that’s why I requested the book on Netgalley. I loved a similar sounding one and thought that I would probably like this one, too. But not so much, unfortunately… The characters were a bit strange. The conversations they had with each other were stilted and sometimes so long, that I honestly lost count on who said what until the convo was over. The female MC was much too forgiving IMO and the male MC was a douche alone for being surprised by her cold shoulder at the beginning. What did he expect of her, after everything he’s done? Then all the talk about how big of a guy he was. If I imagined him with all the descriptions a la “his beefy shoulders”, “his thick, wide fingers” and – best one -“his pringles-roll (yeah, he totally referred to his dick)” – I would have imagined a giant TBH. Then, the repetitive writing. It wasn’t only the stilted conversations; it was the talking in itself, too. In every sentence Tate spoke, the word “like” was mentioned at least once. And that made him sound like a dumb person all over. It was like he was like saying the word like much too often, like only. You get the idea? One scene even was totally gag-worthy, but I think the author didn’t intend on making it that way, she just wanted to pronounce his kinkiness. But it had the opposite effect on me, I was repulsed by it. And what was the blubbering about having kinda sex? Sex is not kinda, either you have it or not. It’s like being pregnant, you’re either pregos or not, but not kinda! Ugh, such talk would have been ok for a 15 year old, but not for a college freshmen, who had the audacity to bully someone all through highschool for being under his niveau. I could go on about stuff that just made me roll my eyes. But what’s the sense in that? I just simply didn’t like the book, it wasn’t for me. Maybe it’ll be a total winner for others, who knows.
All in all, I rate “Never Sweeter” with 2 stars. It’s a standalone novel with sexual situations, so 18+. This review only shows my personal opinion; everyone should give it a try if the plot is appealing to you.
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